Welcome to the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives

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We are one of 10 finalists chosen from across Canada (and the only one on Vancouver Island) in The Next Great Save, a contest put on by the National Trust for Canada. The winner of this contest will receive $50,000.00 to save their heritage building.

National Trust's Next Great Save Competition is under way! Help the Duncan Train Station get the TLC it deserves by voting every day! 


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Train Station

As rich in history as it is in beauty, the picturesque Cowichan Valley is located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.   Its commercial centre, Duncan, has its roots in the 1886 rural settlement of Duncan’s Crossing, also known as Alderlea.  Come and enjoy the fascinating history of the Cowichan Valley at the Museum in the former 1912 Duncan Train Station.

The Cowichan Historical Society owns and operates the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives and is mandated to collect, preserve and interpret the history and heritage of the Cowichan Valley.  We operate a full-service community museum offering school and public programming, permanent and temporary exhibits, special events, and archival services.

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Effective FEBRUARY 2, 2023

The museum will be open on Thursdays and Fridays. 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. until further notice.

We welcome your visit.

Archives is open by appointment

Please contact the Archive directly to book an appointment

Please note the COVID19 protocols below

Thank you for your patience and support.


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Visiting the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives

A communicable diseases prevention program is in place to comply with the public health orders of British Columbia.

In accordance with the recent British Columbia public health orders dated 16 March 2022 facial masks are no longer required for visitors, staff, volunteers, CHS members and patrons to the Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives. Although the requirement for masks has been removed, the Cowichan Historical Society (CHS) highly encourages the continued use of masks while in the public areas of both the Museum and the Archives.

Effective April 8, 2022, the Museum and the Archives will no longer require proof of vaccination from visitors, staff, volunteers, CHS members and patrons. Until then, all visitors over the age of 12 will be required to present vaccine passports.

Hand sanitizer is available at the front desks of both the Museum and Archives.

As we move through this transition period of lifting COVID19 restrictions, the Cowichan Historical Society and the Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives encourage everyone to respect the comfort levels of those around them.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support!


Admission to the museum is by donation. At this time, we are only taking cash or cheques payable to the Cowichan Historical Society. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for amounts over $25.